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F I don t give it a perfect score it s only because I don t yet know if she speaks directly to my heart But her example her aesthetic determination is unsurpassedClarice Lispector this woman our contemporary a Brazilian woman it is not books that she gives us but the act of living saved by books narratives constructions of living saved by books narratives constructions make us step back And then through her window writing we enter Into The Frightening Beauty Of Learning How To Read And the frightening beauty of learning how to read and pass through the body to the other side of the I To love the truth of what is alive to love the origin to be personally interested in the impersonal in the animal in the thingHelene Cixious I returned to Clarice Lispector in the hopes of finding an appreciation for her that I missed in The Passion According to GH which confounded and tortured me in its nonsensical philosophical maze I hoped to redeem my less than stellar opinion of her by reading this her last workSadly even in the first few paragraphs I was sighing Clarice For fuck s sake Clarice as it turns out is still Clarice And by that I mean Clarice is a brilliant wackadoodle whose utter originality sets her in a class on her own It is her signature her snowflake her own 148 pointed star You will either love her or not She s so slippery to read I find nothingness in paragraphs that slide by and I get this erroneous feeling that I could skip pages and not miss anything That I could get to the end of her work with my eyes closed and be none the wiser And then I read lines like this All the world began with a yes Thinking is an act Feeling is a fact I write because I m desperate and I m tired I can no longer bear the routine of being me and if not for the always novelty that is writing I would die symbolically every dayAnd I feel an admiration for her even if she is so far away from me that I cannot touch her in all her glorious nothingnessI read somewhere that Clarice Lispector was not well read She was like an innocent in the literary world untainted by other books She didn t know what it was to be kafka esue or compare herself with thinkers like Camus or Woolf She came to her typewriter with a lack of self consciousness a purity that is uite wonderfulSo when I approach this novelette with its eccentric narrator who goes on and on and on for about 14 of the time about simply the telling of the story without actually telling anything at all when I listen to absurd dialogue punctuated with deep philosophical statements when I follow the life of a character that I really don t know and about whom I feel confusion than curiosity when I am frustrated and bored with the relentless esoteric intensity and get the sense that this writer was in love with her own mind than anything else I pause and think thank goodness for her this unicorn of the written word who brought herself to her art whether you like it or not At times known as the greatest Jewish writer since Kafka Clarice Lispector was one of the foremost Brazilian writers of the 20th century Born Chaya Pinkhasovna her family emigrated from the Ukraine to Recife Brazil when young Chaya was a little than a year old It was in the northeastern corner of South America s largest country that Lispector found the inspiration for her life s work writing The Hour of the Star is called by many to be her greatest work published within a year of her death in 1977 Because this novella is an entry in 500 Great Books By Women by Erica Bauermeister I was intrigued to read this uniue view on life and death amid the slums of Rio de JaneiroLispector chooses to make Brazilian poverty still a hot button issue today as the focus of her last novel In the opening pages it is unclear who the novel s main protagonist is but after an opening stream of consciousness monologue we meet Macabea who has come to Rio from Alagoas close to Lispector s home state of Recife While the Pinkhasovna family became Americanized almost immediately upon arrival in Brazil Lispector conseuently did not write about Jewish themes however as her own mortality loomed she created a character in Macabea who was both Jewish and autobiographical Sharing my own family s Ukrainian origins the I found the concept of a character based on the Macabees intriguing and I was able to empathize with Macabea once I got past the surreal opening existential seuence Macabea was rejected from childhood Her parents both passed away and she was raised by an aunt who resembled an evil stepmother She deprived Macabea of all oys in life physically beating to the point of sterility As soo. And her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe but she is ugly underfed sickly and unloved Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery Macabéa is inwardly freeShe doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be Lispector employs her pathetic. .


N as Macabea came of age in Alagoas the aunt wanted to be rid of her and sent her packing to a cramped apartment the aunt wanted to be rid of her and sent her packing to a cramped apartment the red light slum district of Brazil One could not help but feel for sorry for this protagonist she was ugly yet did not realize it a virgin too poor to eat much than Coca Cola and coffee without milk and only got paid from her boss as an afterthought Macabea evokes a mixture of Cinderella an adult Cosette and Eliza Doolittle before she Rescued From Poverty In A Nutshell Macabea Is rescued from poverty In a nutshell Macabea is an duckling of the world with no future as she lives in the slums of Rio one of the world s most impoverished neighborhoods It would take a miracle to save this young woman who unfortunately does not realize how horrendous her existence isEven the other characters in this novella view Macabea as beyond salvation Olimpico comes from the same town in northeastern Brazil and befriends her not as a boyfriend but because he feels sorry for her bleak life Yet Macabea is too dim to realize this and pins false hopes on their almost nonexistent relationship Adding to sorrow is that Macabea naively introduces Olimpico to her sensuous co worker Gloria and the two immediately become a couple Each succeeding paragraph adds to Macabea s grief and one could almost wish that she was better off dead Interspersed with the prose are many asides in Lispector s own voice as an author She apologizes to her readers that much of Macabea s story is actually her own and that she has to take breaks from creating these one dimensional characters because she has grown tired of them Yet the protagonist and author are one and the same hailing from Recife living in pain fighting off eventual death As a result I looked past the existentialism and stream of consciousness that I do not usually enjoy to find out if the end result for Macabea was death or the survival reminiscent of her namesakeThe Hour of the Star is my first forage into the greatest of Clarice Lispector For a novella this story had to be taken in chunks because it was tough to swallow all in one sitting Knowing that this was published posthumously and written while Lispector was dying of cancer made me empathize all the with her protagonist Macabea Despite the writing style that I am usually not fond of I found this story to hold my attention if not for the sorrows befalling both the lead protagonist and author I would be intrigued to read of Lispector s earlier novels to get a further glimpse at her body of work one that lead to her inclusion in an anthology of great books written by women375 stars A to Z around the world personal challenge B is for Brazil As you can see my challenge is progressing badly together with my reading in general Due to life I did not have the time or the mood to read anything for the past 2 3 weeks and I also made a swift disappearance from here I hope I m back to reading and to GR but I can t be sure I finished The Hour of The Star three weeks ago and I waited for the inspiration to hit me so I can write a meaningful review As that did not happen a few mumbling words will have to do When I first started this novella I was sure I was going to hate it I don t really like pretentious writers who do their best to sound complicated and confuse the reader However as I progressed I discovered that I warmed up to the author and the writing All the world began with a yes One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born But before prehistory there was the prehistory of the prehistory an Who has not asked himself at some time or other am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person Clarice Lispector s The Hour of the Star is ostensibly about a young woman Macabea in Rio de Janeiro who has been crushed by poverty However the novel is even revealing of the narrator who chooses to write about her The narrator tells you why he s chosen to follow Macabea something about her habits she loves Coca Cola and wants to be like Marilyn Monroe and her occupation she is a typist but not very good one This leads you to believe the story is about Macabea However the interesting subject is the narrator himself his own position in Brazilian society as well as his speculative musings Lispector casts off authorial privilege as the narrator wonders whether Macabea knows who she is or whether he the narrator is imposing an identity on her Enjoyed this I d like to read Brazilain authors so suggestions are very welcome Even without having an interest in Brazil this is a somewhat uirky but engaging read 45 stars. Heroine against her urbane empty narrator edge of despair to edge of despair and working them like a pair of scissors she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty identity love and the art of fiction In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory inde. ,

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Lately I find myself in the frustrating position not "uncommon among booksellers of being surrounded by far books than I can read Not only are there books in "among booksellers of being surrounded by far books than I can read Not only are there books in shop but in my spare moments at work I browse Goodreads Abebooks and my local library system and so have a constant stream of books passing through my hands many of which I can do no than glance at before returning them or putting them away for later Into this deluge has flowed this novella by Clarice Lispector a book which I hear tell was scribbled on scraps of paper at intervals of months or years before coalescing into its current form and which is on one level as evanescent and difficult to grasp as this techniue suggests even while being on another as direct as a bullet to the heart at ten paces Imagine that famous Goya painting with the white shirt and the firing suad but focus on the victim s face until you re so close the ridges in the paint are as important as moving as his expression Ever read the Borges story The Secret Miracle When the raindrop which has hit Jaromir Hladik s face Eros Unbound (Great Loves, just as time stopped starts sliding again that s maybe something like the little self conscious explosions with which Lispector riddles her narrative Structurally strip Beckett s Malone Dies to the bone the fictional writer who tells the story as much the protagonist as she whose story he tells and you ve got a rough outline of The Hour of the Star I say rough because either this is a book to read two or three times before knowing anything certain about it or my current white water reading techniue isust not up to the task Whatever the case this is a hard book to comprehend coming as it does so directly from a place beyond comprehension and I presume Lispector made a habit like Beckett of gazing intently on things beyond comprehension Still it s not a difficult book not on the level of language anyway and reports of the strangeness of its prose have to my mind been exaggerated To me it reads uite naturally especially in the new translation and from what few pages I saw of the old translation I suggest forgetting that relic immediately and getting your hands on this one It s modern that s for damn sure I doubt there is much else out there as sleek and arresting and asymmetrical as this And it s haunting Lispector speaks through her male narrator who speaks through his character Maccabea I had ust read on the train to and from work as perhaps readers of the Brazilian newspaper which published them might have read them Lispector s Chronicas when I started the novella and conseuently had a vivid if obliue impression of her in mind as I read this Unfortunately I don t have a copy of The Hour of the Star with me as I write but perhaps these lines from one of her Chronicas Creating Brasilia will help suggest the kind of writer she is or can beBrasilia is built on the line of the horizonWhen I died I opened my eyes one day and there was BrasiliaThe two architects who planned Brasilia were not interested in creating something beautiful That would be too simple they created their own terror and left that terror unexplainedBesides the wind there is another thing that blows It can only be recognised in the supernatural rippling of the lake Wherever you stand you have the impression of being on the edge of a dangerous precipiceIts founders tried to ignore the importance of human beings The dimensions of the city s buildings were calculated for the heavens It is a shore without any seaHow I should love to set for the heavens It is a shore without any seaHow I should love to set horses free here in Brasilia At night they would become green under the light of the moon I know what those two men wanted that slowness and silence which are also my idea of eternityFear has always guided me to the things I love and because I love I become afraidWhat kind of writer is Clarice Lispector The rarest kind The fact that her Chronicas ever made it into a newspaper at all let alone week after week is to this Australian astonishing That The Hour of the Star is a bestseller and its author a household name in her own country is even so Judging from what little I ve read Lispector s ruthless stripping away of everything but the visionaryintuitiveparadoxical is unmatched by any prose writer except Beckett and s ruthless stripping away of everything but the visionaryintuitiveparadoxical is unmatched by any prose writer except Beckett and and if I ever have the time and resources to do so I will approach her ouevre as I once approached his piece by piece in a uiet room in the country with her biography close at hand This is a work so elemental it seems hewn from rock or washed up on the shore in Brasilia from that non existent sea A new edition of Clarice Lispector’s final masterpiece now with a vivid introduction by Colm TóibínNarrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo SM this brief strange and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa one of life's unfortunates Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist Macabéa loves movies Coca Colas. ,


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